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‘ideological cubism’

Me & B attended a Carlos Amorales film screening in the newly burgeoning and rapidly gentrifying warehouse district in 2015. The film was visually very aesthetic, with formally well-considered frames. The plot and characters were archetypal in feeling, and it was edited to have charming, Nouvelle Vague-ish cinematic effects. Toward the end of the film, Amorales laid out some type of manifesto on ‘ideological cubism’. The term itself seemed laden with the potential for self-parody- like a Woody Allenish spoof on pseudointellectualism in new ‘new wave’ art films. B felt that it was an instance of pseudointellectual grandstanding, or of trying to situate one’s work into some profound pre-existing framework within art history by assigning one’s own work with a grandiose term that takes a leg-up from pre-existing schools of thought, whereas I became fixated on trying to unfold the meaning of the term- some post-postmodern mashup of multiple individual perspectives into a single narrative? If postmodernism laid out art history into a nonlinear space like Indra’s net, ideological cubism would be the ability to see through every facet of every jewel in the net and create a unified ideology, like the eyes of a dragonfly apprehending a flower? If cubism is the synthesis of multiple physical perspectives, then ideological cubism would be the synthesis of multiple ideologies into a unified…(?!). Honestly, it was maddening- not to mention Amorales is Chilean so the movie necessitated subtitles, and certain subtleties were undoubtedly lost in translation. Driving around (weeks later), we were talking and I said I felt like the art scene had chewed me up and spit me out- that I’d tried to make it here and it just didn’t happen. I felt like I wasn’t making it socially or professionally, and I wasn’t sure I was going to stick around. He said ‘maybe it’s cause you understand things like ideological cubism- maybe you intimidate people.’ I knew he was just trying to make me feel better, but maybe teasing me a little bit too for being an apologist for Amorales and his ‘ideological cubism’- not to mention offering a critical perspective on my desire to understand or assimilate the ideas and perspectives of ‘the scene’. Sometimes maintaining a critical distance, and your own individual ideologies in the face of a multiplicity of ideologies, is what makes for a cohesive community of simultaneously working individual artists.

A+HRRA award summer 2023

The Summer 2023 Arts + Human Rights Research Award will be open to submissions this summer (approx. 14:51 UTC June 21 2023 - 06:50 UTC September 23rd 2023). The topic of the Summer 2023 A+HRRA is AI, Computer Logic, and Human Rights. 


th_Eroses, an arts publication, is awarding $100 for a work of artistic / literary research that addresses or concerns human rights in conjunction with this season's topic, AI, Computer Logic, and Human Rights. The term 'research' here is intended to indicate the process of creation, exploration, and discovery, rather than the compiling of archival facts and/or materials, although the compiling of archival facts and/or materials may be a part of the process of exploration and discovery, or a part of the process of shaping the path or direction of discovery. This is intended to be an open-ended premise, to support the range of work that may occur in artists' and writers' unique processes. 


From the UN: 


"What Are Human Rights? Human rights are rights inherent to all human beings, regardless of race, sex, nationality, ethnicity, language, religion, or any other status. Human rights include the right to life and liberty, freedom from slavery and torture, freedom of opinion and expression, the right to work and education, and many more. Everyone is entitled to these rights, without discrimination."


Successful submissions may, but are not required to, focus on investigative, process-based exploration and material discovery. Successful submissions may couple rigorous (or subjective) analysis with documentation of investigative, process-based exploration and discovery. Submissions do not need to be factual; forms of literary fiction, subjective expression, abstraction, choreography, and/or non-narrative presentations will be considered as well. Submissions in all languages and media are welcomed. 


The goal of this award is to amplify artistic voices that inquisitively and critically approach the pressing issues of our time, to create a habitat where a unique form of creative journalism can thrive, and to provide th_Eroses readers with artistic / literary insights into key issues.


Please note: If your work is submitted and selected for the award, you consent to the publication of your submitted work by th_Eroses now and in the future. Not all submissions will win the award; there may be one submission chosen, or multiple submissions, or none of the submissions. Selected submissions will receive an email of acceptance and next steps. 


Please submit work to with "Entry: Arts + Human Rights Research Award" in the subject line.

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